Sophia Alcon, 77, was admitted to Life Care Center of Pueblo, a skilled nursing facility. During the 7 months that she remained there, she suffered various injuries and illnesses, including urinary tract infections, bed sores, dehydration, malnutrition, pain, renal failure and aspiration pneumonia. She was brought to a nearby hospital where a staff medical provider noticed that her vagina was packed with dried feces. She died as a result of her medical conditions and is survived by her 10 adult children.
One of her sons, on her behalf and for the family, sued the nursing home and its corporate affiliates maintaining that they were responsible for her death. In the complaint it was alleged that the nursing home was negligent, was responsible for her wrongful death and was guilty of numerous consumer protection violations. Among other things, the Alcon family alleged that the defendants chose not to properly assess Sophia’s medical needs, formulate an appropriate care plan, provide adequate staffing and properly trained personnel at this skilled nursing facility.
The jury’s verdict of $5.56 million, included $5 million in punitive damages, which are designed to punish the defendants for the abusive treatment to Sophia Alcon.
The attorneys representing the Alcon family were Brent L. Moss, Brian D. Reddick and Robert Francis.
Alcon v. South Pueblo Medical Investors, Ltd., No. 2015-cv-30089 (Colo. Dist. Ct. Pueblo County, May 13, 2016).
Kreisman Law Offices has been handling nursing home abuse cases, wrongful death cases, nursing home negligence cases and medical negligence cases for individuals and families who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of a medical provider for more than 40 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Bellwood, Hoffman Estates, Mundelein, Brookfield, Chicago (Lincoln Park, Jefferson Park, Austin, Englewood, Lawndale, Hegewisch, East Side, Old Town, Greek Town), Rosemont, Richton Park, Country Club Hills, Countryside and Wheaton, Ill.
Related blog posts: